Dental implants are the patient and expert preferred way to replace missing teeth. While dentures and dental bridges are placed on top of the gums, implants are inserted into the jaw bone, and become as close to a natural tooth as possible. This reverses several of the effects of missing teeth.
About bone grafting
One of the effects of missing teeth is jaw bone tissue loss. When our teeth are used, such as to eat, the nerves stimulate the bone tissue below. When a tooth is missing, the bone directly underneath no longer becomes stimulated, which causes it to resorb. This not only affects the jaw, but can change the shape of the entire face. Dental implants stops and even reverses this effect.
However, implants cannot be placed if the jaw bone in the area has become too thin. In this case, a bone grafting is necessary. This is a highly successful procedure that involves adding bone taken from another area. Some patients even receive bone from a donor or use synthetic bone-like material. This addition to the jaw creates a dense enough area for an implant to be placed.
If you are missing a tooth or several teeth, this is not the time to wait for treatment. Contact our dentist in Northridge and ask about dental implants before the negative effects begin.